A former employee of the Alaska Aerospace Corporation has been indicted on conflict of interest charges after she represented the corporation during negotiations with her former employer, the Department of Defense.
According to the indictment filed Feb. 20, Jodi Ann Andres is accused of one count of violating the conflict of interest statute. The maximum penalty is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
According to the indictment, Andres worked for the Department of Defense’s Defense Contract Audit Agency from January 2003 to September 2006.
During that time, she audited the books of the Missile Defense Agency, which contracted with Alaska Aerospace starting in 2003.
In September 2006, Andres left federal employment to join Alaska Aerospace. The indictment alleges Andres then represented AAC as it negotiated with the Missile Defense Agency in 2008.
Federal statutes ban employees from privately working on contracts that were covered under their previous public employment.
Speaking from Anchorage, Alaska Aerospace CEO Craig Campbell said he does not believe the state-owned company did anything wrong, and the actions of an individual — not the corporation — are being questioned.
“I don’t believe Alaska Aerospace as a company was implicated in any way,” he said.
Campbell said Andres left AAC before he joined the company in February 2011.
Campbell confirmed that AAC will provide whatever information is requested in the court case.
Andres is scheduled to be arraigned March 22.
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